FAQ

Why glass?

To put it simply, I wanted a guitar made of glass. In the beginning I didn’t even think it was possible. Thankfully it is possible and I continue to make glass guitars because I love doing it.

Isn’t glass too fragile to build a guitar or guitar neck with?

It depends on how you define “fragile” Any guitar is prone to damage if not cared for properly. An acoustic guitar is considerably more fragile than an electric guitar. A violin could be considered even more fragile. If properly taken care of a glass guitar is a structurally sound instrument.

I’m still a little unsure if a glass guitar is safe.

Glass when worked properly can be surprisingly strong. I use construction grade annealed float glass to build my guitars. Since my guitars are cold worked they retain much of the strength introduced during the manufacturing process. The multiple layers of glass I use to build my guitars combined with strong UV activated adhesives improve durability as well. Some people are concerned about string tension but the amount of force and its distribution is negligible. Guitar strings only create around 100 pounds of force across the length of the guitar and this force is distributed evenly and parallel across the neck and body. For comparison the pressure inside a bottle of champagne is roughly 100psi and the cork is what you have to watch out for.

Where’s the truss rod?

Glass as thick as a guitar neck is rock solid. The rigidity and strength of glass, along with adhesives I use, makes the use of a truss rod unnecessary. As is the case with classical guitars and aluminum guitar necks the string tension is not great enough to cause the neck to bend to any significant degree.

How are your glass bolt on necks attached to a guitar body?

My glass necks can be attached with the same screws used to attach a stock wood neck. I drill four holes in the heel of the neck and fill them with clear epoxy. After the epoxy cures I drill a smaller pilot hole in the epoxy where the screws will go. The epoxy grips the threads of the screws keeping it securely attached to the body.

Do you do custom work?

In most circumstances I do not do custom work. However, there’s no harm in contacting me if you have something simple in mind. Working with new designs always comes with unexpected challenges so I have standardized much of the process. I have a few standard options when it comes to pickups and their configuration. Those options are available to simplify the order process. However, if you are interested in specific pickups I don’t have listed feel free to contact me and I can easily use the pickups you prefer.

Do you make basses or bass necks?

Currently I do not, but maybe in the future.

 

Do you ship internationally?

Yes. The customer is responsible for the cost of shipping and paying all duties and taxes that are incurred.

How do you…?

I made a video demonstrating the build process most questions should be covered here.

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Morningstar Glass Guitars is owned and operated by Alex Morningstar in Gainesville Florida.